Green and pleas­ant

Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als bring calm to this Lon­don house. Find out how to get the look

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‘I’m ob­sessed with green and loved the idea of us­ing colour to link the dif­fer­ent spa­ces, and to bring in the mag­nif­i­cent view of the gar­den’

The home of Bri­tish fashion ed­i­tor Deb­o­rah Brett

and her film di­rec­tor hus­band Tom Ed­munds is warm, wel­com­ing and ef­fort­lessly glam­orous – much like Deb­o­rah her­self, who is a se­nior con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor at Red mag­a­zine and on­line ti­tle Wardrobe Icons, as well as a found­ing mem­ber of The Fashion Trust, a men­tor­ing scheme for new Bri­tish de­sign ta­lent.

The cou­ple share their home with their three chil­dren – Phineas (eight), Hermione (six) and Ot­tilie (three) – and Beck­ett the cat. ‘Tom and I lived in the house quite hap­pily for ten years be­fore we be­came a fam­ily,’ Deb­o­rah says. ‘But once the chil­dren came along we needed more of an open-plan flow. We wanted a fuss-free, homely space where we could en­ter­tain, but also one where the kids could jump on the so­fas, build cush­ion forts and play ta­ble ten­nis tour­na­ments with­out in­flict­ing too much dam­age.’ The plan to re­order the ground floor be­came a ma­jor project, and the cou­ple has since ex­tended the old base­ment level to the full foot­print of the house and ex­ca­vated a sec­ond base­ment level. ‘ We now have a flat for our nanny, a guest toi­let, a util­ity room, a gym and games room, as well as the most won­der­ful bar and wood-pan­elled cin­ema.’

Lon­don-based South African in­te­rior de­signer Hu­bert Zand­berg was com­mis­sioned to bring their ideas for the dé­cor to life. ‘ We’ve long loved his ir­rev­er­ent, en­er­getic and highly tex­tu­ral aes­thetic,’ Deb­o­rah says. The vi­brant greens used through­out were in­spired by a fern-print fab­ric de­signed by fashion duo Cle­ments Ribeiro. ‘They are dear friends of mine, and so they kindly agreed to print some ex­tra fab­ric for us to up­hol­ster the arm­chair and foot­stool in the liv­ing room,’ Deb­o­rah says. This, to­gether with the Fer­moie cot­ton that Deb­o­rah wanted to use as cur­tains in the liv­ing ar­eas, sets the tone. Hu­bert’s own sig­na­ture style is be­trayed in the mix of pieces taken from dis­parate de­sign eras and gen­res: a 1960s Ital­ian bam­boo chair sits be­side in­dus­trial shelv­ing filled with Bel­gian, Bri­tish and Moroc­can ce­ram­ics. ‘There’s a slight retro feel to the space, but it’s held to­gether by the pre­dom­i­nance of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als,’ he says.

Hu­bert cre­ated dif­fer­ent ‘ex­pe­ri­ences’ within each of the rooms of the house, to re­flect their func­tion, but they are all un­der­pinned by the pal­ette of green and blue. The colour ex­pe­ri­ence starts in the hall­way, which is de­fined by soft French blue wall­pa­per and wood­work, and be­comes more in­tense in the kitchen-liv­ing space, where the pre­dom­i­nant tone is for­est green. The din­ing room is an airy pause be­fore the dark drama of the dé­cor in the cin­ema and gym on the lower base­ment lev­els. ‘ We ac­cen­tu­ated the dark­ness by cre­at­ing a sense of old-world charm – one of de­scend­ing “be­low stairs” in a grand man­sion.’ To this end, you’ll find vin­tage wooden bars in the gym, a wall of three­d­i­men­sional rose­wood pan­elling in the cin­ema, and a glass-backed cock­tail bar. It all works won­der­fully and al­lows for a sense of pri­vacy with­out com­pro­mis­ing the fam­ily-friendly feel. hz­in­te­ri­


From sea greens to swathes of oak, nat­u­ral colours and tex­tures bring calm to hec­tic fam­ily life in this Lon­don home, in­spired by its charm­ing English coun­try gar­den

FAM­ILY TIME An aged oak her­ring­bone floor by Walk­ing on Wood flows through­out the open­plan liv­ing area. The arm­chair and foot­stool are up­hol­stered in fern fab­ric by Cle­ments Ribeiro. The shelv­ing was sourced from Clig­nan­court flea mar­ket, Paris, while...

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